This is a sponsored post from One2One Network. All opinions are my own.
National Family Caregiver Month – Honor the Caregivers You Know Today!
Did you know that November is National Family Caregiver Month? November often reminds us of all the things we have to be thankful for and I am very thankful every day, that I had the privilege of assisting my mother and sister-in-law in the care giving of my brother while he was at home, dying from terminal cancer. My role was very limited in his care, but I witnessed two wonderful women pour their hearts and souls into 24 hour care plan and it gave me a whole new respect for both of them. They were medical procedures that my sister-in-law performed sometimes on an hourly basis, that amazed me. She had no prior medical training, but stepped up and took the bull by the horns and got the job done. Many days, I would sit back and wonder if I could ever take care of my husband the way she lovingly took care of my brother as his cancer rapidly progressed. Being a caregiver is a precious gift and anyone in that role, needs to be uplifted and honored for their dedication and love.
Meet the 2 wonderful women that I am cherished to have as part of my life. Thank you Holly and Mom (aka Pat) for all you have done and continue to do for our family. I am thankful for you every day not just during National Family Caregiver Month. Our family is blessed to have your love, strength and compassion shine in our lives. I am sure God has a special reward in Heaven for both of you.
Across the country you will find over 42 million people, mostly women between the ages of 40 – 60 facing the challenge of providing care to a friend or loved one each day. Many caregivers don’t realize the tremendous strain they put on their own personal health and overall well being as they provide care for others. As a caregiver you play so many roles and asking for help when you are helping others can be a difficult situation causing many to try and do it all. The new website ThanksProject.org has launched an online campaign where you can share your stories and thank the caregivers you know. What a wonderful way to express your gratitude and honor your friends and loved ones. Grab some tissues and read the inspiring stories on the AARP’s National Family Caregiving Month Pinterest Board, your heart will be warmed by all of the good people in this world.
After you thank the caregivers in your life, please support them by sharing these wonderful resources available to support them in their journey. AARP Caregiving Resource Center has information on caregiving resources, support groups, expert advice and even some fun and laughs to get you through the day. Reaching out to a caregiver and letting them know you care, can make a difference that will benefit all. Plus, you can get even more up to date information from Ad Council’s Caregiver Assistance Campaign.
During National Family Caregiver Month don’t forget to visit ThanksProject.org and let the caregiver you know how thankful you are for them and all they do. Are you a caregiver or do you know someone who is or was? We’d love to hear your comments and stories. Please feel free to share or ask any questions you may have. God Bless you all!